Following a court fight spanning nearly 19 years, Doreen Fernanded, 78, has finally collected her due from the sale of her ancestral property with Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his family. Sameer Bhujbal, the nephew of Bhujbal, owns Parvesh Construction, from which Fernandes received a final settlement of Rs. 8.41 crore. During the last 20 years, Doren has experienced numerous challenges. In 2021, she even suffered the death of her spouse, Claude Fernandes, leaving her to raise her three autistic sons alone. Public awareness of the Fernandes family’s predicament was raised by social activist and former leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Anjali Damania.
When Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer, a former MP, were threatened with arrest, Damania first brought up the subject in 2014–15, but it quickly subsided. However, Bujbal said, “We have reviewed all the documents; they have submitted all the documents,” after the payment was received by the Fernanedes family. The money has been transferred. Damania shared images of Doreen’s passbook, which showed the money credited to her bank account, on Monday. I am delighted to report that, after nearly 20 years, the Bhujbal family has finally paid Doreen Fernanded’s debt, the writer said. Doreen has finally gotten her entire portion of the money. The mother, 78, is no longer concerned about what will happen to her three autistic children in the future.
She also expressed gratitude to Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde of Maharashtra for forcing the Bhujbals to make good on their debts. Even though I have always had a close relationship with the Pawar family, Supriya Sule, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was a great assistance to us in this situation. In her X post, the AAP leader expressed her gratitude to her with respect. Damania claimed to have battled corruption numerous times. But this conflict gave her a great deal of delight. Doreen and her three autistic sons were to sit on a dharma last month, as Damania had suspected, but the police turned her request down. Following this, she held a press conference, which may have reached the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, promoting their intervention.
Doreen shared her joy and knowledge that her three sons finally have a stable future. It has been a long wait, she remarked. I had a lot of meetings to attend. Thank you to Anjali Damania for her intervention. I will need to set aside some cash for my son’s comfortable future. They require care since they have unique demands. The sum paid covers three apartments. I am happy with what we got, but we were promised five apartments. Our goal is to live a better life down the road.
According to Doreen, her family traded their bungalows for five flats in 1994, when they gave them to Rahejas for renovation. The Builders sold it to Parvesh Construction, owned by Sameer Bhujbal, and they constructed a multi-story structure there. The family didn’t receive anything, though.